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Greens will put NAPLAN to Senate test

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Penny Wright

Australian Senate Australian Greens Senator for South Australia

media release

13 September 2013 Greens will put NAPLAN to Senate test

As state and territory NAPLAN results are released today, the Australian Greens have confirmed they will seek to reconvene a Senate inquiry into NAPLAN testing as once the parliament resumes.

Spokesperson for schools Senator Penny Wright said new cases of cheating demonstrated the extreme competitive pressure schools and teachers feel.

“My Senate inquiry had an overwhelming response from teachers, parents and schools saying they want to see significant changes to the NAPLAN test.

“The evidence we heard left me in no doubt that the MySchool site has made NAPLAN a high-stakes test which puts pressure on teachers and students alike and distracts from student learning.

“Because of the election, we did not have time to make recommendations for the government, but I will seek to reconvene the inquiry as a matter of priority when the Parliament resumes.

“As many of two thirds of principals believe the tests have a negative impact on wellbeing, so it is time to make some changes to put student learning first."

Senator Wright will also be available to comment on the national data once it is released this afternoon. The interim report of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee into NAPLAN testing can be found here.

Media contact: Danielle Forsyth 0417 173 508